Like the Milwaukee-Madison Amtrak line whose construction had begun, or the now-shuttered Milwaukee-based Talgo train factory, the blocked/proposed Milwaukee streetcar system or the wipeout of municipal employee-residency requirements, Walker is again saying 'if it helps cities, no' by shutting down a state tax credit program that helps preserve historic buildings.
The projects before WEDC so far include 10 potential developments in Milwaukee, including a John Pritzlaff Hardware Co. building just south of downtown; the Milwaukee Paper Box Building at 1560 W. Pierce St.; and 700 Lofts on W. Michigan St. Other projects are being proposed for cities around the state such as Madison and Racine and smaller communities like Ashland and Rice Lake in Barron County.Thus strengthening neighborhoods, commerce, employment in urban areas - - where, yes, Democratic voters tend to live, work and congregate.
And did you catch that reference to the John Pritzlaff Hardware Co. in Milwaukee. Did Walker miss the rave review of that project written by our city's historian, John Gurda?
Walker was Milwaukee County Executive for eight years or so, and had an
And don't think the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks won't get the 'Dis-Milwaukee/Cities' message.
He won't lift a finger to use a new, or even rehabbed Arena as a downtown business catalyst.
After all, he's the one who said in front of an exurban, Oconomowoc Lake partisan Waukesha County crowd during the 2012 recall campaign that he didn't want Wisconsin to become another Milwaukee.
And, by the way, if the Walkerites are really concerned about the tax credit financing, why did they flush millions down the toilet on an airplane manufacturer that hasn't done anything except still its employees and state taxpayers?